This year we have four Regional Adjudicators for The Big Sing 2017.
PEPE BECKER has sung professionally with a number of early music groups overseas; has been a soloist alongside renowned international singers such as Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl, and appears regularly as soprano soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand.
Pepe also directs her own ensemble, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994); has recorded for Radio NZ many times and features on several commercial CDs; has taught Musicianship at the NZSM; is a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir; composes music; teaches piano, theory and singing, and also teaches karate and astrology.
Pepe will be adjudicating in East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington.
KAREN GRYLLS ONZM is Associate Professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland and is Artistic Director of the Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust, the managing body for the NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ. Dr Grylls was Conductor and Artistic Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1989 to 2011, and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Exultate Chamber Choir from 2011 to 2013.
Karen is often an adjudicator for competitions worldwide, is sought internationally as a choral clinician and regularly conducts masterclasses and workshops in Wales, England, North America, Canada and Australia.
Karen will be adjudicating in Auckland.
JAMES TIBBLES is Senior Lecturer in Early Music and Head of the Early Music Department at the University of Auckland. Beyond his university role, James is Artistic Director of the Age of Discovery and also Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. he is founder/director of the renaissance chamber choir Cantus Firmus, and until recently served as Deputy Music Director for the New Zealand Youth Choir.
James will be adjudicating in Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury/West Coast.
ROSEMARY TURNBULL has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, vocal coach and choral director. She has over 30 years' experience teaching singing in secondary schools and in her studio. Her choirs have been regular finalists in The Big Sing. As the recipient of a Post Graduate Fellowship, she studied singing, diction, accompanying and conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels.
Rosemary was contralto tutor for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir for 6 years and was chosen as a Choral Facilitator for New Zealand Choral Federation, training with Simon Halsey and Andre Thomas, among others.
Her focus is now as choral facilitator, providing assistance and guidance to choral directors, as well as the continuation of her studio work. She is a vocal consultant for the New Zealand Youth Choir and a Peer Assessor for Creative New Zealand.
Rosemary will be adjudicating in Waikato/BOP, Taranaki, Otago/South Canterbury, Southland